Newcastle International welcomes first Brussels flight

The aircraft touches down at Newcastle International Airport and is welcomed by a guard of honour water salute from the airport fire service

The aircraft touches down at Newcastle International Airport and is welcomed by a guard of honour water salute from the airport fire service

First published in Business News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A NORTH-EAST airport has started a new service to Belgium.

BMI Regional is running twice-daily flights from Newcastle International to Brussels, which bosses say is the only direct flight to link the two cities.

The first aircraft was yesterday (Monday, March 3) officially welcomed to the North-East by a guard of honour, including a water salute from the airport's fire service.

Cathal O’Connell, BMI Regional's chief executive, said: “We are delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the North-East to the Belgian capital.

“We launched more than a dozen new routes from UK airports last year and our Newcastle service opens up more opportunities for travellers.”

Dave Laws, Newcastle International's chief executive, added: “This is a vital European connection and will help regional businesses to prosper.”

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:40am Tue 4 Mar 14

FirTreeFC says...

Great news for travellers working in Europe, oh, how those operating at Durham Tees Valley airport could learn some commercial acumen from their northern neighbours.
Great news for travellers working in Europe, oh, how those operating at Durham Tees Valley airport could learn some commercial acumen from their northern neighbours. FirTreeFC
  • Score: 0

11:49am Tue 4 Mar 14

gramps427 says...

Strange how the Echo has not mentioned the "thousands" who have signed the petition regarding Tees valley Airport- The D&S Times have it on their billboards; I wonder why that is?
Strange how the Echo has not mentioned the "thousands" who have signed the petition regarding Tees valley Airport- The D&S Times have it on their billboards; I wonder why that is? gramps427
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree